The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion – Musical – ArtsWest

“The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion” by Justin Huertas w/ ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery. Proud to see a great musical that features pinoy/pinay characters & acknowledges Filipino culture! I’m also a sucker for the dangerous (but oh so comforting) hope that “love at first sight” & soulmates exist.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill – Play with Music – ArtsWest

Watched the
Watched the “jukebox play” Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. No plot except Billie Holliday gets sloshed and unravels on a nightclub stage. Great jazzy sound. Would have been amazing if drinks and maybe light food were served throughout the performance.

An Octoroon – Play – ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery

Opening weekend of the play An Octoroon. I think they were trying to be "edgy theatre" but ended up being just bizarre. They also did whiteface, blackface, & redface. Not sure what was the point of all the offensive depictions.

Opening weekend of the play An Octoroon. I think they were trying to be "edgy theatre" but ended up being just bizarre. They also did whiteface, blackface, & redface. Not sure what was the point of all the offensive depictions. — attending An Octoroon at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery.
Opening weekend of the play An Octoroon. I think they were trying to be “edgy theatre” but ended up being just bizarre. They also did whiteface, blackface, & redface. Not sure what was the point of all the offensive depictions. — attending An Octoroon at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery. Photo of set designed by Julia Hayes Welch used with permission from ArtsWest.

Hir – Play – ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery

Watched the play "Hir" & was so confused w/ the message that I stayed for the talkback. Not sure if I'm too dense, I'm too entrenched in the patriarchal mindset, or the play was too layered that I missed the commentary on misogynistic domestic abuse. Who was the good/bad guy? — attending HIR by Taylor Mac, co-produced by ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
Watched the play “Hir” & was so confused w/ the message that I stayed for the talkback. Not sure if I’m too dense, I’m too entrenched in the patriarchal mindset, or the play was too layered that I missed the commentary on misogynistic domestic abuse. Who was the good/bad guy? — attending HIR by Taylor Mac, co-produced by ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery.

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Peerless – Play – ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery

Watched the play "Peerless" which was basically Heathers and Macbeth with ambitious Asian twins. Dialogue was a little difficult to follow but the play was good.
Watched the play “Peerless” which was basically Heathers and Macbeth with ambitious Asian twins. Dialogue was a little difficult to follow but the play was good.

Type: Play

Recommendation: See it!

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 4 Stars

Negatives: The dialogue was annoyingly vague. Very “millennial-speak.”

Story, Script, and Lyrics: Ambitious Asian twins will do anything to get into the college of their choice. Based on MacBeth with a little Heather’s mixed in.

Cast and Theater Company:  Typical high quality ArtsWest production and cast.

Venue and Set: Simple, yet effective.

Music and Audio: No microphones but the space is small enough and the performers project loud enough that you’re able to hear okay.

Price: $ (Low-priced at $17-38)

Dates: January 18, 2018 – February 11, 2018

Seating: Make sure you sit in the middle. The left and right arena seats suck.

Link: http://www.artswest.org/theatre-plays/peerless/

Frozen – ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery

Watched the play "Frozen" (definitely not Disney). Offered a chilling glimpse into the mind of a pedophile serial killer, a vengeful grieving mother, and a flawed forensic psychologist. Where do you draw the line between innate evil and criminal insanity?
Watched the play “Frozen” (definitely not Disney). Offered a chilling glimpse into the mind of a pedophile serial killer, a vengeful grieving mother, and a flawed forensic psychologist. Where do you draw the line between innate evil and criminal insanity?